Bombardier in talks to sell its Challenger

DUBAI — Bombardier Regional Aircraft is currently in discussion with major regional airlines to sell its Bombardier Challenger regional jets, including 70-seat class CRJ700, which is currently on display at the Dubai Airshow 2005, according top company officials.

By Jamila Qadir

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Published: Wed 23 Nov 2005, 10:04 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:24 PM

Trung Ngo, vice-president, marketing and communications, Regional Aircraft, told this paper yesterday “We are discussing (sales) with a large number of operators in the region, including both major and small carriers, but we haven’t closed any deal as yet.

We envisage the demand for this type of aircraft in the region could be in the range of 20 to 50 planes per year during the next 10 years (and target to) have 60 per cent market share. But it is only a beginning.”

He said Bombardier Challenger regional jets, which were currently on display included 70-seat class CRJ700, 50-set class CR500 and 90-seat class CR9000, adding that regional airlines were very interested in acquiring such aircraft to create feeder services.

It is the aircraft’s first appearance at the biennial exhibition and it comes as the worldwide market for larger regional jets is increasing, he added. All the operators worldwide are now creating feeder services because it is cost effective.

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